Multiple arrests made for kidnappingCooperation and Communication Between Law Enforcement Results in Timely Arrest of Kidnapping/Assault Suspects
On August 21st, 2022, at approximately 10:00 a.m. the Rankin County Sheriff’s Office received a call from the Flowood Police Department that an injured male victim walked into their lobby and reported that he had been to an address located in the county to meet a female where he was assaulted, tied up and held at gunpoint.
Rankin County Deputies and Investigators responded to the Flowood Police Department where they met with the victim. The victim told deputies that on Saturday evening, August 20th he went to an address in the Reservoir area to meet a female. When he arrived at the residence the victim states he was assaulted, tied up and held at gunpoint.
The victim further stated he was held against his will for approximately 3 hours. The victim stated that the suspects took his phone and other items. The victim identified the suspects as Cortez ADAMS and Laken LOWERY. The victim further stated that Laken LOWERY’s mother, Tina LOWERY was present during the kidnapping and assault. The victim stated that after approximately 3 hours, the suspects untied him and let him leave the residence. The victim said that he drove off in his car and that the suspects followed him in a Dodge Ram Pickup. The victim said the suspects followed him for several minutes. When the victim was confident the suspects were no longer following him, he drove to the Flowood Police Department to report the crime. Rankin County Deputies immediately began search the area the suspects along with putting out a statewide BOLO (Be On the Lookout) for the suspects and vehicles. On Sunday evening Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey was directly contacted by Adams County Sheriff Travis Patten.
Sheriff Patten related that he and his department were familiar with Cortez ADAMS and assured Sheriff Bailey that if ADAMS was in his area the Adams County Sheriff’s Office would have the suspect in custody very soon. Less than an hour later, Sheriff Patten contacted Sheriff Bailey again and related that the Adams County Sheriff’s Office had both Cortez ADAMS and Laken Lowery in custody and also had recovered a weapon that was suspected of being used in the crime.
Rankin County Deputies traveled to the Adams County Jail and picked up both suspects and returned them to Rankin County where Cortez ADAMS and Laken Lowery were booked on the charges of Capital Kidnapping. Tina LOWERY was arrested in Rankin County and was booked on the charge of Accessory to Kidnapping. District Attorney Bubba Bramlett will bring all three suspects before Rankin County Court Judge David Morrow for an initial appearance.
The Rankin County Sheriff’s Office is grateful for the quick response and assistance of the Flowood Police Department and the Adam’s County Sheriff’s Office. Cortez Devion ADAMS23 YOA Male 13 Rawls Street Natchez, MS Laken Page LOWERY22 YOA Female13 Rawls Street Natchez, MS Tina Michelle LOWERY47 YOA Female106 Dogwood Circle Brandon, MS